2012 legislation session hasn't been pretty, but could still be pretty good for kids, advocate says

03/21/2012 07:25 AM

After controversy over the legislative redistricting process marred the first half of the General Assembly session, lawmakers have a chance to make it a successful one for Kentucky’s children, one advocate said.

Terry Brooks, director of the Kentucky Youth Advocates, said he was hopeful the legislature will agree by the end of the month on measures to improve foster care, education and the juvenile courts system.

The legislature is also debating a pilot project for juvenile courts to open its records. That, Brooks said, will allow the juvenile justice system to become more transparent and accountable. (3:15)

The legislature also is working on legislation aimed at better oversight of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, including a review panel that will monitor cases of child abuse, neglect and death (1:30-3:00)

And the Democratic controlled House kept in its version of the budge the extra $21 million that Gov. Steve Beshear recommended for social workers over the next two years. The Senate is now working on the two-year spending bill.

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